A journalist was shot at by unidentified armed men at his residence in Ghaziabad on Sunday.
The police hinted at possible personal enmity behind the attack, even as other angles are under scrutiny.
Police said four-five unidentified criminals riding two-wheelers went to Anuj Chaudhary's house in Rajapur locality in Kavi Nagar police station jurisdiction around 6.15 p.m. They fired six shots at Anuj, who was standing at the house entrance.
While two bullets hit him in the abdomen, two hit him in the right arm. They fled the spot, after which Anuj -- who is Shramjivi Patrakar Sangh President -- was rushed to Yashoda Hospital in the city.
Doctors attending on him said his condition is "critical" and had been taken for surgery.
"We are collecting closed-circuit television footage from the area. A team will be formed to arrest the culprits," SP City Akash Tomar said.
"We told Kavi Nagar Inspector Samarjit Singh that Rs 10 lakh had been paid to sharpshooters to eliminate Ajay, whose wife Nisha Chaudhary is a local councillor. However, the crime was committed even though the information had been passed on to authorities concerned," claimed Deepak Tomar, who is brother-in-law of the journalist.
(With IANS inputs)